Monday, May 5, 2014

The Mantis Shrimp Will Knock Your Socks Off... Literally


I recently heard about this really cool shrimp. It is unreal how adapted it is and what physical characteristics it has. It has the best color vision of any animal with 16 color receptive cones (humans have 3 and butterflies have 5.) It can punch with the force of a .22 caliber bullet (1,500 newtons of force in 3/1000 of a second.) If we could move our arms that fast we would be able to throw a baseball into orbit. With that punch they can boil the water and make a shockwave that kills their prey even if they miss it. It pretty interesting. I'll attach a very easy-to-read link and a wikipedia article if you want to read about them.

Mantis Shrimp Easy-To-Read
Mantis Shrimp Wiki

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